Green fingered neighbour trims my bush…………

Imagine our surprise on returning home to find what can only be described as half a tree in our front garden. Admittedly, the other half was overhanging the boundary line a little, which presumably squared things in our neighbour’s head when he found himself getting a little carried away. I’m not sure at what point he stood back and thought “yeah, good job, that looks fine” or whether he only stopped because his arm was tired (Let’s face it, he may as well have carried on and done the rest of it as well) but I’m sure you’ll agree that the end result is nothing short of superlative.

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It might be because I’m old, but I would have expected that before emptying the shed of anything sharp, pointy and saw-ey, it’s kind of polite to mention that you’ll be clearing back any overhanging bits with the owner of the aforementioned over-hangy bits, especially if they could have lent you a nice electric hedge trimmer to actually do the job with (or even saved you the hassle and done it for you). We must have missed that bit though because this was the first we knew of it.

Apparently, they’re going to be putting a fence up. Given it’s our front garden I’m not expecting a 6 foot one (it’s just not very British is it) so I’m still not clear on how (or even why) the branches requiring a ladder were lopped off as well, but I will be watching that boundary line very carefully. Why worry that the panels at the end of their back garden are rotten and falling out (and at some point we’re going to end up with their dog in our garage) as long at the front has a nice new fence.

I’m still a little bit in shock to be honest, hope they don’t need any favours any time soon.

Trim my bush.

Haven’t had one of these for ages……

Been a while since anyone got in touch on Flickr asking to use any of my photos, so was quite a surprise to receive a request. Given that people usually tend to just grab and run requests for usage are becoming quite rare, especially when all that’s on offer is ‘writing my name’ on the images. In hindsight, I should have watermarked them already – then they’d be fully prepared for free use.

As an amateur (albeit with sales and publication) I’m quite happy to give images away for free under certain circumstances, friends family and colleagues are obviously on the freebies list, as are certain images for anyone (images specific to a very certain event or place that holds little values to me, or resale). What is quite irritating is that people who would be using them commercially expect to be able to acquire usage rights for them for free.

The following is a precis of the email exchange so far. Can’t see this ending in payment, unless I find out that they’ve been used without my permission or without payment…..

Hi Dave 🙂

I just saw your pictures of the shih tzu !
They are adorable!
I wondering if i could use some of them pictures on a website It is a virtual stable with virtual pets 🙂 Where you can go for virtual contest 😉
I can write your name on the photos 🙂

Best regards xxxxx

“Hi xxxxx,
Had a look at the website and wouldn’t have a problem with any of my images appearing there. If you let me know how many you’d need and how long you’d be using them for I can work out a competitive rate for licensing.

Thanks and best regards
Dave”

I will use the puppys pictures. I dont know how many, it depends on how popular they will be. But I will start with three or four 🙂
They will be used until they get deletet by someone. So I cant say how long I’ll use them.
Do you want me to write Dave Frost on the pictures? so people know it is your pictures? 🙂

Mads

“Apologies for the delay,
Have been away for a while and not had a chance to get online.

Thanks for the additional information and on this basis would be happy to offer you a licence for up to 5 of these images for web use only on an unlimited period basis for a one off fee of £50, with any future additional images supplied at a discounted rate to be agreed if required.

If this is acceptable, please let me know and I’ll forward a licence agreement for you to complete and return with payment. If you let me know which 5 images you’d like to use, then on receipt of payment I can forward you the files.

Hope this OK
Thanks and best regards
Dave”

Got the expected response a moment ago

Subject: Re: Hi
Date: 9th February, 2012

I am a danish boy only 14 years old. So some of the things you write i dont understand. But do you say i can use 5 images, but if I would like to use more, then i have to pay? 🙂

For which I responded with;

Apologies if I was unclear.

I am willing to offer you an indefinite license to use up to 5 images for web use at a cost of GBP 50.

If you were to require more images, I would be happy to offer any additional ones at a reduced cost

To clarify – 5 images will cost GBP 50, 10 images would cost GBP 70 (not GBP 100)

Hope this helps
Thanks
Dave

or in Danish –
Undskylder hvis jeg var uklart. Jeg er villig til at tilbyde dem en ubestemt licens til at udnytte op til 5 billeder til nettet anvendelse til en pris af GBP 50. Hvis de var at kræve mere billeder, ville jeg være glad for at tilbyde enhver supplerende stillinger til nedsat pris at få afklaret – 5 billeder vil koste GBP 50, 10 billeder ville koste 70 pund (ikke GBP 100) håber dette hjælper takket være

Reminded me of a couple of great ‘rants’, explaining in detail why images aren’t free – you can read that on these blogs;-

http://www.petapixel.com/2012/01/10/this-photograph-is-not-free/
http://ridexc.wordpress.com/2011/12/04/i-dont-work-for-free-please-dont-ask-me/

Apparently it’s officially my Day in Meerkovo !!

Annoying as the adverts are they do tend to stick in your head, so on receipt of me Annual renewal notice for my house insurance I thought I’d at least have a look.
I wouldn’t normally have bothered, but this year my renewal premium had increased some 100%. Admittedly I had a claim last year when some wanker smashed the downstairs window of the house, but 100% increase – I think not.
Ran my details through the Meerkat people and the cheapest quote available was around the same price as last year – With the same insurer (WTF ????). Rang them this morning, and just on the strength of a phone call they miraculously managed to knock off £500 (why not quote the ‘best’ price in the first place – Tossers).
Still not impressed, that one’s now marked as not renewed and the Meerkat people got a few more clicks on their website. I’m happy. Fully insured at the same price as last year (under £700) and a stuffed Meerkat is on it’s way to my house.

Young Meerkat

QR codes – The quickest way to access long url’s on your mobile?

Will you scan this? Where will it take you.
Just wondering today whether there’s any real value in QR (quick response) codes for anything other than marketing surveys etc.

If you have a ‘smart-phone’ and are curious to see where this one will lead, I dare you to open your bar code scanner and take the plunge.

QR code to link directly to a photo in my Flickr stream

Protests in London - A peaceful day

Dear Government, hope this helps (or how to build a revealing demographic cross section of society in 2011)

Ok, it’s not related to photography at all, but thought I’d post something topical by way of a change.

For some reason, I can’t remember filling out a census form before.  This is strange as I’m 43 years old.

Theoretically this should be the second one I’m directly responsible for completing but either due to the sheer banality of the previous one or due to me being in an alcopop fuelled coma for the last 22 years it seems to have passed me by. Imagine the anticipation of being able to do my bit as I followed the instructions and left it to be filled out today. Trembling with excitement, I opened the envelope this afternoon and was delighted to see tyhat I could fill out the form online. Finding a pen in this house is always difficult, and I always have problems keeping the letters in the ridiculously small boxes. I was mildly surprised do discover that the website was actually available after firing up the browser and on entering my very special personalised secret code, I began attacking the questions with gusto.  Buoyed along knowing that my £1000 fine wasn’t going to be helping anyone seek asylum and would remain distinctly the property of my Bank Manager I eagerly began to read the questions, requiring my extremely important input.
By the time I’d completed my name, I’d had enough. Last-pass got confused and tried to add my profile details to all the wrong boxes, so it was manual typing all the way. To ease the boredom, I invented a new game called “Select check-boxes randomly to see what questions get skipped” (bit of a mouthful, will try and find a proper title for that game later) and another where I was to follow the instructions to the letter.
Even this was pretty dull, so I was rather pleased when 15 minutes later, having entered the exact same answers to all 5 occupants of the household I’d finished.  Fairly sure that by the time the next one comes round I’ll have forgotten this as well, but my ultra favourite questions were 34 and 35.  Really enjoyed trying to come up with a brief description of my job……….

Was a little surprised that there wasn’t a question about how many pets we’ve buried in the garden this year or even one for what our favourite vegetables are but I guess they can just make all that up once they’ve got the important stuff out of the way. Hope my answers have helped in some way and I’ll sleep a lot better tonight knowing that my responses will in some way contribute to keeping an army of statisticians and analysts in a job. I’m also really looking forward to seeing the results published online so I can see if I’m the only one in the UK that has 5 different religions living under one roof, in harmony about most things bar the Salad Cream / Mayonnaise argument.

Nosey Questions - Helpful Answers !!

All good, eventually – A lesson in why you should back everything up – Twice

Ah…. The wonders of the internet. Circumstances beyond the control of mere mortals such as us, caused largely by inefficient controls on our great banking industry had led my Hosting re-seller down the path of doom and knocking at the liquidators doors. Whilst my selfish mind tends to bypass minor details such as this on a fairly regular basis, this one stuck as it meant that come the end of February this site, my musings and by default, my on-line presence would have completely disappeared.
After much searching I found a great deal from another re-seller, signed up, paid my cash and waited patiently for my account information to arrive in my inbox. After a few hours I started getting a bit twitchy, at the end of that day, the alarm bells were well and truly clanging. After a couple of emails to customer support the guys at the new host plled out all the stops and discovered that because my account was still ‘active’ at the old re-seller, it couldn’t be transferred across the back end to reside on their end of Heart Internet’s system. The options were £36 for an internal migration (Heart’s charges to change a few records and copy some files) or have the existing account deleted. Simple. save £36 and see if I could get the old one canned. I had a backup of the site itself, from a week ago and a copy of it running on another server somewhere under a different url (check out www.davefrostphoto.co.uk !!) and had intended to do another one if it could be deleted.
Unfortunately, there was a bit of a communication error and someone, somewhere mistook my enquiry as a request. Within 30 minutes of me sending the email I was gone, deleted, backspaced and never existed. Great ! – Not really. I hadn’t backed up my emails, at all, ever.
I use various Mail programs to access my mail, the iphone, webmail or Apple’s mail.app. They’re all IMAP accounts, leaving the server to cope with the difficult stuff like running out of space and allowing me to effortlessly while away my day reading all my adoring fan mail (or more realistically, the spam suggesting I’m less than well endowed). This is great, till the server disappears and you’re left with nothing. Not even a copy of a draft you were planning to send. 4500 emails, gone, in an instant. Just like that.
Some of them were important, some of them weren’t but that’s not the point. I’m anal when it comes to looking after my photos. 3 backup discs, stored offsite when I’m not in. That’s anal, but then again, I’ve never accidentally lost a photo !!

Thanks to the terrific support guys and girls at www.websoftnet.co.uk I’ve got the site sorted in no time whatsoever. They’re good, reasonably priced and offer a great service to boot. But the email has gone forever. It won’t happen again, I now keep 3 copies of every email I send or receive as well.

Daily Mail – Don’t Panic, there are still some things not on the list…….

OK, so it’s got absolutely nothing to do with photography, at all, except for the fact that Digital Cameras don’t currently seem to pose a health threat (yet).

You’ve got to love the Daily Mail – What other UK newspaper would care so much about it’s loyal readers that they’d bend over backwards to warn you about all of the things that might be bad for you !! Thank heavens that smoking isn’t as bad as this lot, or I’d really be in trouble.

Without further ado, the unabridged (but probably not yet complete) Daily Mail list of things that will give you cancer.

AGE: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti…st-cancer.html
AIR POLLUTION: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…ld-cancer.html
AIR TRAVEL: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…ncer-risk.html and http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/ar…nt-fliers.html
ALCOHOL: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti…ncer-risk.html and http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…-wine-day.html
ALLERGIES: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…ncer-risk.html
ARTIFICIAL FLAVOURS: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti…soy-sauce.html
ARTIFICIAL LIGHT: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…ncer-risk.html
ASBESTOS: (as if it wasnt bad enough already) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti…ng-cancer.html
ASPIRIN: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…ncer-risk.html
BABIES: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti…st-cancer.html
BABY BOTTLES: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…fertility.html
BABY FOOD: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…cer-alert.html
BACON: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…cers-grow.html
BARBEQUES: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti…ncer-risk.html
BEEF: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti…st-cancer.html
BEER: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…te-cancer.html
BEING A BLACK PERSON: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…te-cancer.htmland http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…ite-women.html
BEING A WOMAN: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…n-smokers.html
BEING A MAN: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…cer-women.html
BEING SOUTHERN: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…st-cancer.html
BISCUITS: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/ar…ods-avoid.html
BLOWJOBS: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…at-cancer.html
BRAS: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti…a-bad-you.html
BREAD: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…ncer-risk.html
BREAST FEEDING: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…st-cancer.html
BREAST IMPLANTS: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…cer-scare.html
BROKEN HEARTS: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti…rly-grave.html
BUBBLE BATH: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…bath-safe.html
BURGERS: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…s-burgers.html
CAFFINE: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…abies-DNA.html
CALCUIM: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti…searchers.html
CANDLE-LIT DINNERS: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…#ixzz0dufFps6a
CANNED FOOD: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…-tin-cans.html
CARBOHYDRATES: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…st-cancer.html
CARS: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…ld-cancer.html
CEREAL: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…ite-foods.html
CHEESE: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti…rs-spread.html
CHICKEN: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti…ted-foods.html
CHILDLESSNESS: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/co…old-fault.html
CHILDREN: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…new-study.html
CHILDRENS FOOD: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti…rens-food.html
CHILLIS: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…yes-alert.html
CHINESE MEDICINE: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…medicines.html
CHIPS: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…se-cancer.html
CHLORINE: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti…ed-cancer.html
CHOCLATE: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…te-snacks.html
CITY LIVING: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…st-cancer.html
CLIMATE CHANGE: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…in-cancer.html
COCA COLA: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…ncer-risk.html
COD LIVER OIL: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…-capsules.html
COFFEE: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…up-coffee.html
CONSTIPATION: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…ncer-risk.html
CONTRACEPTIVE PILLS: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…gher-Pill.html
COOKING: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…ncer-risk.html
CORDLESS PHONES: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…th-danger.html
CRAYONS: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti…g-crayons.html
CURRY: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…rry-sauce.html
DEODRANT: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…ed-cancer.html
DIETING: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…st-cancer.html
DOGS: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…ally-true.html
EGGS: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti…cals-eggs.html
ELECTRICITY: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti…new-alert.html
ENGLISH BREAKFAST: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…r-63-cent.html
FACEBOOK: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…sk-cancer.html
FALSE NAILS: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…arn-women.html
FATHERHOOD: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…new-study.html
FIBRE: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti…k-warning.html
FISH: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…cer-scare.html
FLIP FLOPS: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…tors-warn.html
FLY SPRAY: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencete…n-tumours.html
FRUIT: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…eath-risk.html
GARDENS: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti…ncer-risk.html
GRAPEFRUIT: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…isk-third.html
HAIR DYE: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…sk-cancer.html
HAM: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…nger-list.html
HEIGHT: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…ays-study.html
HONEY: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti…ted-foods.html
HOT DRINKS: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…ite-foods.html
HRT: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…#ixzz0dueJ7qOY
INTERNET: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…-websites.html
IVF: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…cer-risks.html
KIDNEY TRANSPLANTS: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz…sk-cancer.html
LAMB: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…st-cancer.html
LARGE HEADS: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…ne-cancer.html
LEFT-HANDEDNESS: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…st-cancer.html
LIPSTICK: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…ng-cancer.html
LIVER TRANSPLANTS: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…d-husband.html
MENOPAUSE: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti…ncer-risk.html
MENSTRUATION: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…d-periods.html
METAL: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…arkinsons.html
MILK: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…an-cancer.html
MOBILE PHONES: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…te-soared.html
MODERN LIVING: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…-epidemic.html
MONEY: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…teenagers.html
MORPHINE: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…#ixzz0dudlHqN2
MOUTHWASH: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…y-experts.html
NUCLEAR POWER: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti…es-cancer.html
OBESITY: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…sk-cancer.html
OESTROGEN: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…st-cancer.html
OLDER FATHERS: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…#ixzz0dudLlJsP
PASTRY: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…ite-foods.html
PEANUT BUTTER: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti…ng-fungus.html
PERFUME: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…infertile.html
PICKLES: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…ite-foods.html
PIZZA: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…e-warning.html
PLASTIC BAGS: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencete…#ixzz0duexZlFs
PORK: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti…safe-beef.html
POTATOES: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti…oked-food.html
POVERTY: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/co…old-fault.html
PREGNANCY: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…eer-women.html
RADIOACTIVITY: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti…ncer-risk.html
RICE: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…sk-cancer.html
SAUSAGES: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…k-20-cent.html
RETIREMENT: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…#ixzz0ducbviCE
SEX: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…ex-cancer.html
SHAVING: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…ncer-risk.html
SKIING: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…ncer-risk.html
SOUP: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…ys-expert.html
SPACE TRAVEL: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti…ing-space.html
SUN CREAM: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/ar…un-creams.html
TALCUM POWDER: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…-day-risk.html
TEA: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…isk-women.html
TEEN SEX: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…#ixzz0dudvXOF7
VITAMINS: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…ly-deaths.html
WATER: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…-hotspots.html
WI-FI: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti…-internet.html
WORCESTERSHIRE SAUCE: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…ool-meals.html
WORKING: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…te-cancer.html
X-RAYS: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…sk-cancer.htm